The hard work that the Flandreau High School Oral Interp team has put in all season to perfect their act finally paid off at the State Oral Interp meet in Yankton last Saturday afternoon.
Four students represented FHS at the meet – Lexy Antoine competed in humor, Amy Sanderson performed a duet with Karissa Blum who also competed in the prose category and Caitlyn Drietz rounded out FHS’s team with her serious play performance.
Antoine and Drietz received superior medals, while Blum and Sanderson received excellent ratings in their respective events. To conclude the successful season, the South Dakota High School Activities Association awarded the team itself with a ‘team of excellence’ award.
Oral interp is somewhat of a foreign concept to most people but really, it is very easy to watch and understand. Participants basically act out a short scene of a play, novel, poem or famous speech but without the use costumes or props. The performers use different voices, actions and speed to entertain the judges and spectators.
Students can perform in categories such as humorous, serious, prose, poetry, oratory, duet and reader’s theatre. Categories range from one-person acts to as many as a six-student act in reader’s theatre.
Each performer usually competes three times for three different judges and is scored based on how well they present their piece. At the end of the performances, the scores are totaled and contestants are then awarded either, a good, excellent, excellent plus, superior or superior plus award. Some events have a final round that students may be ranked first, second, third, etc.
FHS’s OI team competed in several more events earlier in the season that prepared them for their state meet performances. In their first meet in Milbank the FHS OI team picked up 21 honors as a team - followed by a 17-honor performance at their next meet in Florence. The Flier OI team picked up more than 60 honors in their next four meets that led up to the state meet in Yankton.
“We had a very successful season and qualifying so many students for the state competition was a great way to conclude the year,” said Amanda Tuchscherer, the FHS OI coach and Spanish Instructor.
In all, the FHS oral interp team received around 100 honors for their performances during their short season.